Dakota County Community Corrections

Internship Opportunities - Juvenile Probation Officer - Intern


DEPARTMENT: Community Corrections

We are committed to preventing crime and repairing harm caused by crime. We promote:
. Public safety and crime prevention in the community;
. Accountability and opportunity for positive change of the offender;
. Justice for the victims;
. Respectful treatment for all involved.

HOURS: Office hours are generally Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Any of the following three Dakota County Community Corrections Offices.
1) Judicial Center, 1560 West Highway 55, Hastings
2) Juvenile Services Center, 1600 West Highway 55, Hastings
3) Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley
4) Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road, W. St. Paul
Other designated sites may also be used depending on specific assignments.

A Volunteer/Intern in the Juvenile Supervision Section is responsible for assisting a Probation Officer in carrying out a variety of work assignments under supervision of the Probation Officer or supervisor. The focus of offender contact is determined by the assigned Probation Officer in consultation with the Unit supervisor.


TIME REQUIREMENT: The specific hours and schedule is mutually agreed upon by the supervising Probation Officer and the Volunteer/Intern.

TRAINING PROVIDED: Each Volunteer/Intern must complete a general orienation provided by the Community Corrections Volunteer/Intern Coordinator before placement begins. Additionally, there will be required training pertaining to the specific duties for this position. Ongoing training opportunities will also be available.

SUPERVISION: Volunteers/Interns will be under the direct supervision of an assigned Probation Officer. The Unit supervisor and the Volunteer Coordinator will assist as needed.


Duties of the Volunteer/Intern will vary depending on the skills and interest of the individual and the needs of the agency. The following list shall serve as an illustration of some of the duties a Volunteer/Intern might be expected to perform under the supervision of a Probation Officer, but should not be considered all-inclusive:
* Establish case plans with supervising agent and keep agent up-to-date on case progress, issues and/or non-compliance.
* Conduct face-to-face interviews with offenders, truants and families in office, school and/or in homes.
* Work closely with agencies within the community.
* Supervise and monitor offenders/truants for compliance with court ordered conditions.
* Make appropriate referrals.
* Assess offender, truants and families needs and problem areas.
* Complete necessary reports.
* Verify necessary information (i.e. completion of treatment, payment of fines).
* Keep chronological records of all information regarding an offender/truant.
* Attend staffings.
* May accompany Probation Officer to appointments in the community.


* Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a non-judgmental, courteous and professional manner.
* Ability to comply with data privacy laws and practices.
* Ability to maintain confidentiality of offender/truant information and court records.
* Ability to establish and maintain accurate records.
* Ability to work within Departmental and program policies and procedures.
* Ability to hold offenders/truants accountable for their behaviors.
* Ability to understand restorative justice principles and practices.
* Ability to understand victim's rights.
* Knowledge and understanding of ethnic diversities.
* Willingness to become familiar with community resources and other programs available to offenders/truants.


Contact Information:

Brandon Head

Volunteer/Intern Program Coordinator

Email: brandon.head@co.dakota.mn.us

Phone: (952) 891-7151


This opportunity is a great pathway for a current student or recent graduate to further explore their interests and gain work experience in the field. This position is unpaid and does not include benefits. We reserve the right to deny placement on the premise that we do not have the capacity of time to complete the contractual process or if the applicant is determined to not be in the best interest of the health, safety, and/or general welfare of the program or the individual applicant.

Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Background Check Must be Completed: Cleared
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes
  • Some activities require that you complete a background check with Dakota County. Are you willing to undergo a background check? Must be Yes